How the Coronavirus is impacting dental offices in the USA
As news of the Coronavirus continues to spread fear across the globe, you may have heard or felt some impact from this epidemic in your office. Why? Approximately 1/3 of all dental restorations placed in the United States are imported from another country. Of that amount, more than 1/3 come from China. That means more than 10% of the dental prosthetics inserted last year came from China. When Vietnam, Mexico, Korea, and Philippines are included, the 4 countries accounted for close to 20% of all restorations sold in the USA!
How can this be, and why aren’t you told?
While some of you may be aware of the frequency with which dental lab work is sent offshore, I know many are not. Unfortunately, there are only 11 states in the U.S. that require dental labs to disclose point of origin and material composition of dental restorations (for a listing of state requirements visit https://dentallabs.org/state-regulation/). This means that in 39 states, labs are not required to tell you what is happening with your lab work, who is making it, or what’s in it.
During the past 2 weeks, many dental labs in China have been shut down due to the virus. This has resulted in a major disruption for many U.S. based laboratories who outsource your work. You can also check with the FDA to see if your dental lab is registered as an importer or repackager, which is required for labs who receive direct shipments coming in from other countries.
At Kinder Krowns, we do not outsource your work. All our dental restorations are fabricated by technicians in our network of labs right here in the U.S. using ONLY FDA compliant materials. We have an army of highly trained technicians throughout our network of labs, many of whom are CDT’s or have completed other advanced training. This gives you peace of mind knowing what you are your patient are getting. It also means we are here today to assist you at all our labs if you have been impacted by this disruption.
Your Friends at Kinder Krowns
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